X Factor 2012 Winner Tate Stevens Replaces Idol’s Phillip Phillips on New Year’s Special

The X Factor USA 2012 winner Tate Stevens is already translating his success on the reality talent show into real world rewards. Stevens has been tapped to replace American Idol 2012 winner Phillip Phillips on FOX’s New Year’s Eve Live! special. FOX announced the replacement after Phillips bowed out of the program due to a scheduling conflict.

The X Factor USA 2012 winner Tate Stevens
Photo credit: FOX Television

Dropping out of a prime New Year’s Eve gig so close to the date is just a bit odd. The show could rake in tons of revenue for the entertainers from millions of potential music buyers. I’m not sure what kind of “scheduling conflict” could prompt Phillips to cancel last minue, but it’s a sweet deal for replacement Tate Stevens. Let’s just hope the real reason behind the American Idol winner skipping out on the program isn’t health-related or anything serious.
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Dick Clark Dead at 82 from Heart Attack

Dick Clark is dead at the age of 82, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The legendary American Bandstand host and face of the New Year’s Eve countdown in Time Square died on Wednesday morning at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica.

Dick Clark died of a heart attack, spokesman Paul Shefrin said in a press statement. Clark had been at the Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica the previous day for an outpatient procedure, but it is unknown if that is related to the heart attack he suffered this morning.

Dick Clark died a legend who is known for being a driving force behind bringing rock n’ roll to the masses with American Bandstand. Always looking much younger than his actual age, Dick Clark was the iconic face of New Year’s Eve for decades. Even after suffering a stroke in 2004, Dick Clark continued to perform as much as he could manage.

R.I.P.